Massage Therapy

Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

It's possibly the oldest and most widely accepted spa treatment, and for good reason – it’s unrivaled for soothing and relaxing your mind and body.

Massage has evolved greatly over time, with modalities being creating for specific uses.

Here are the types of massage provided here at Elamar, with a short description of each and an explanation of why to choose each one.

If you’re ready to go ahead and book, you can do so by calling us at this number: (256) 686-9111

Types of Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

What It Is

Deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (connective tissue around muscles) for therapeutic purposes – to treat specific problems.

Why You Should Get It

  • Relieve chronic muscle tension that causes pain in your neck, upper back, lower back, legs, or shoulders.
  • Loosen tight muscles to improve mobility
  • Work out painful muscle knots
  • Alleviate repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Aid injury recovery
  • Treat postural problems
  • Break-up scar tissue
  • To relieve stress and relax

Pain Level: Deep tissue is the most uncomfortable of all the massage types. At certain points you may fee some pain as the massage therapist works on specific problem areas. However, it should always be tolerable – don’t be afraid to communicate with your therapist. It’s worth it!

Swedish Massage

What It Is

A Swedish Massage is the standard bodywork modality – it’s what comes to mind when most people think of massage therapy. A therapist will massage your body, beginning with broad general strokes and transitioning to specific strokes for the purpose of full body relaxation.

Why You Should Get It

  • Relax your entire body
  • Relieve stress
  • Relieve tension
  • Boosting your mood

Pain Level: Zero.

Aromatherapy Wrap

What It Is

An aromatherapy wrap or massage is a Swedish massage with essential oils added to the massage oil to soothe, calm, uplift, energize, and decongest.

Why You Should Get It

  • REALLY relax your entire body
  • Relieve stress
  • Relieve anxiety
  • Calm and soothe
  • Alleviate headaches
  • Fight Insomnia
  • Decongest

Pain Level: Zero.

Hot Rock Massage

What It Is

A type of massage that involved pacing smooth, flat, heated stones on specific points on your body. The localized heat and weight of the stones improve circulation and loosen tense muscles, allowing the massage therapist to apply deeper pressure and quickly release muscle tension.

Why You Should Get It

  • Relax
  • Relieve stress
  • Relieve aches and pains caused by muscle tension and knots
  • Hot rock massage is an excellent alternative to deep tissue massage for those that need to treat muscular issues but prefer a lighter massage

Pain Level: Zero. The stones should be very warm, but not hot. Let your massage therapist know if the temperature is too hot.

LaStone Therapy

What It Is

LaStone Therapy (also called contrast therapy) uses a Swedish style massage combined with both hot and cold stone therapy to relieve stiffness and soreness, and to restore movement and energy to aching muscles and joints.

Why You Should Get It

  • Relax
  • Alleviating aches and soreness
  • Relieve joint pain
  • Soothe stiff muscles
  • Improve circulation
  • Detox

Pain Level: Zero. Cold stones may not sound appealing, but they feel refreshing on your warmed skin.

Salt Glow

What It Is

Also known as a salt scrub, a salt glow is a treatment that uses a salt and oil mixture to exfoliate and stimulate your skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and glowing.

Why You Should Get It

  • Relax
  • Relieve stress
  • Hydrate your skin
  • Exfoliate your skin

Pain Level: Zero. The salt can sometimes be abrasive, so be sure to speak up to your therapist.

 

How to Choose

If you’re having trouble deciding which massage is right for you, just give us a call! You can speak directly with our certified massage therapist to figure out how to best achieve the results you’re looking for.

What to Expect During Your Massage Appointment

Your therapist will lead you to your dedicated room, where you will undress in private. You do not have to completely undress if you’re uncomfortable doing so. You’ll then lie down and cover yourself with the sheet provided to you. At that time, your massage therapist will enter the room and begin the bodywork.

A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without hurting your skin. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes, which will help to calm your nervous system and relax muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure may be gradually increased to relax and relieve specific areas of tension.

Massage FAQ

How long does a massage last?

Massage times vary depending on the type you select, but a typical full body massage lasts on average between 60 and 90 minutes.

Where will my body be massaged?

You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals.

 

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Elamar MedSpa

2422 Danville Road Southwest, Suite F
Decatur, AL 35603
(256) 686-9111

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Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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